EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, March 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India

Pervin Malhotra, Tribune’s career expert answers all your career queries.

Kalkat leaves PAU in a healthier state
K.S. Chawla
R GURCHARAN Singh Kalkat is happy with the cooperation and response he got from the staff of the Punjab Agricultural University during his three-year tenure as Vice-Chancellor of the most prestigious agricultural research institute in the country.





Pervin Malhotra, Tribune’s career expert answers all your career queries.

Q I am a Class IX and want to be a successful lawyer. How should I plan my studies? Please guide. 
Tara Chimney.

A The study of Law can be undertaken at 2 levels. LLB, which can be done after graduation in any stream, is a 3-year postgraduate degree offered by nearly 400 functional law colleges in the country (398 to be precise. Recently, the Bar Council of India has ordered the closure of 118 law colleges for their failure to maintain minimum teaching standards. Most of the evening classes at various colleges have also been banned for the same reason).

However, if you are very sure that you would like to pursue Law as a career then you can enrol for an integrated five-year Law course (BA-LLB (Hons) which is offered by over 30 universities straight after 10+2. The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is one of the premier institutions in this category.

Q I am an Intermediate. I am keen on practising homoeopathy, but would like a correspondence course in the subject. Could you suggest some good courses? 
Tarsem Singh.

A If you are serious about practising homoeopathy, do not waste time in correspondence courses. They are not recognised and hence best left alone. Instead try for a good BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery) which is a 51/2-year course. 4-year diploma courses are also available but it is better to opt for the former as these are not sufficient for professional practice. In Delhi and nearby areas, you may opt for the following institutions offering courses in BHMS:

Nehru Homeopathy Medical College (University of Delhi), Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024.

Dr. B.R. Sur Homeopathic Medical College (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University), Hospital and Research Centre, Moti Bagh, Nanak Pura, New Delhi 110021.

Bhartiya Homeopathy Medical College and Hospital (University of Rajasthan), Narayan Gate, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

Dr. M P K Rajasthan Homeopathy Medical College Hospital & Research Centre (University of Rajasthan), Jaipur 302006.

Yuvraj Pratap Singh Memorial Homeopathy Medical College (University of Rajasthan), Shivaji Park, Alwar, Rajasthan.

Homeopathic Medical College (Rajasthan Vidyapeeth), Dabok (Udaipur) 313022.

For further information, you may contact Central Council of Homeopathy, 61-65, (Opp. D Block), Janakpuri Institutional Area, New Delhi 110058. Tel: 5622906

Q What is the scope in mining engineering?
Himmat Bedi

A Mining engineers are responsible for locating and safely extracting natural reserves like petroleum, minerals etc. The work also covers designing, planning, excavation of minerals and their transportation, maintenance of mines, air circulation and removal of toxic gases from the mine.

On successful completion of the course you will find opportunities in the government as well as private sector ie ONGC, coal India, Geological Survey of India, HCL, IPCL, Neyvelli Lignite Corporation etc.

BE in Mining (4 years) is offered at 16 colleges in India including the following:

IIT Kharagpur

Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (Bih)

Bihar Institute of Technology, Dhanbad

Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi

Golden Valley Institute of Engineering, Kolar Gold Fields, Oorgaum

Orissa School of Mining, Keonjhargarh

RECs: Rourkela, Suratkal, Nagpur

Bengal Engineering College, Howrah

Q I am a student of Class XI. I would like to join the BSF or the CRPF. Could you please provide the relevant information?
Kavinder Kohli

A The Border Security Force (BSF) is responsible for the collection of intelligence reports, protection of life and property in the border areas and prevention of smuggling and infiltration. At times at the request of the state governments, BSF personnel are also deployed for internal security duty.

During war, BSF protects vital installations such as airfields and bridges against enemy raid. It holds ground till the main forces arrive and assists the army in maintaining the line of communication.

BSF has two main branches: - (i) The General Duty Service and (ii) Technical Service including communication. There is also Medical Service branch that looks after BSF’s medical needs.

The Central Reserve Police Force assists the State Government and Union Territories in maintaining law and order. At the request of the Railway Board it assists the Railway Protection Force in escorting selected trains in disturbed areas. It also assists the police in protecting public sector undertakings in an emergency and the customs authorities in preventing smuggling over the land and sea frontiers of the country. At times, it is deployed on rescue and relief operations during natural calamities.

For a successful career in the Paramilitary Forces, suitable candidates are usually above average graduates with a sense of adventure and interest in tough outdoor life though there are few openings in this field for women as constables and researchers. In all the protective services, importance is given to physical fitness, ie. height, weight, chest measurement, etc. in addition to academic achievements.

Matriculates are recruited as Constables and Guards.

The Special Selection Board (SSB) of the Central Police Organisations (M/o Home Affairs, GoI) recruits graduates below 25 years as Assistant Commandant/Deputy Superintendent of Police/Company Commander in the BSF and CRPF.

The 3-stage selection process includes a written exam, a physical efficiency test and an Interview followed by a medical exam.

If you require further information, you may contact:

* Deputy Director (Pers), BSF HQ, Block No. 10, CGO Complex, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003

* CRPF, CGO Complex, Lodhi Rd, New Delhi 110003

Q Could you please provide me with information on institutes offering courses in Gemology?
Ruchika Singh

A Gemmology is the science that deals with sorting, grading, valuation, identification and cutting of gems. Some institutes conducting courses in gemmology are:

Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, U.P.

Gemmological Institute of India, 29, Gurukul Chambers, Mumbadevi Road, Mumbai 400 002

Gemstone Artisans Training School, Jhalana Mahal, Jaipur 302017

Indian Diamond Institute, Katargam, GIDC, Amul Dairy Road, Surat, 395008 (Guj)

Indian Institute of Gemmology, 10980, East Park Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.

Indian Gemmological Institute, F 32, Jhandewalan, Flatted Factories Complex, Rani Jhansi Road, New Delhi 110055.

Jewellery Design & Technology Institute, A-89, Sector-2, NOIDA 201301 (UP)

Jewellery Product Development Centre (Proj. of Gem & Jewellery Council), Jhandewalan, Flatted Factories Complex, Rani Jhansi Road, New Delhi 110055.

Jewellery Product Development Centre (Proj. of Gem & Jewellery Council), D-15, Commerce Centre, Tardeo, Mumbai 400034.

SG Jhaveri Centre for Diamond Technology, Irfa, Juhu Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400056.

Small Industries Services Institute, 65/1 GST Road, Chennai 600032.



Admission deadline

Armed Forces
Apr 9 Indian Air Force, Central Airman Selection Board, PO Box 11807, New Delhi 110010.


Airman in Driver Mechanical Transport Trade

(Training Stipend Rs. 2850/-)

Test: November at 8 centres including B’lore, Cochin, Ambala.

Appln F: Send three unattested colour passport size photographs and self-addressed envelope (24 x 10 cm), stamped (Rs.3) to “The President” at above address.

Details: Employment News: March 10-16.

Apr16- Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi 110011. Ph.: 011-3385271/3381125 (Facilitation Centre)


Combined Defence Services Exam for Indian Military Acad., Naval Acad, Air Force Acad, OTA

Test : August 19.

Elig: For IMA & OTA Graduates in any discipline

For Naval Acad: BSc (Phy & Maths) or BE/BTech

For Air Force Acad: BSc (Phy & /or Maths), BE/BTech.

Unmarried Indian Males (except for OTA).

Appln F: See Employment News March 17.

Apr 9 Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training, Plot No. 1-A, Sec 36-A, Chandigarh.

Website :

JET 2001

For admission to Diploma in Engineering (29 fields) at Polytechnics in Punjab & Chandigarh. (85% seats for Punjab candidates. 15% for others)

Elig: Matriculation.

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 280/- favouring “Secretary, Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training” payable at Chandigarh with self-addressed envelope (25 x 18 cm). At counter: Rs. 250/- (cash). Also at select branches of Bank of Punjab & Union Bank of India.

Apr 23 Indian Instt. of Technology-Madras, Chennai 600036.

Website : http.//

MTech (3sem)

Aerospace, Chem, Civil, Comp Sc, Elect, Mech, Metallurgical, Ocean Engg, Appl Mech, Phy (Solid State Tech) & Maths (Indl & Scientific Computing).

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 250/- (Rs. 150/- for SC/ST) favouring “IIT, Madras” payable at SBI, IIT-Madras Branch, Chennai along with two self-addressed slips (5 x 10cm), to the Chairman, MTech Admission Committee at above address before Apr 17. For MTech Sponsored Prog: Address requests for forms to Dy Registrar (Acad).

Apr 30 Indian Instt. of Technology-Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302.

MTech (3 sem)

Deptt. of Aerospace, Agri & Food, Bio Tech, Chemical, Civil, Comp Sc, Elect, Electronics & Elect Comm, Mechanical, Metallurgical & Materials, Mining, Ocean, Industrial Engg & Mgt, Biotech & Centres of Cryogenic Engg, Geol & Geophy, Humanities & Social Sc, Maths, Naval Arch, Phy & Meteorol, Materials Sc. Rubber Tech & Reliability Engg.

MCP (3 sem)

Scholarship: Rs 5000/- pm for both.

Appln F: Send Rs. 250/- by DD favouring “IIT-Kharagpur” payable at Kharagpur.

Also for Rs. 250/- (cash) from Canara Bank branches at: Delhi: 1/54, Bombay Life Bldg, Connaught Circus; Chennai: 154, T.C. Street before 23 April.

Apr 15 IIT, Kanpur-208016, UP.

PhD &Mtech (Engg): Aerospace/ Chem/ Civil /Comp Sc & Engg/ Electrical/ Indus & Mgmt Engg/ Materials & Metallurgical/ Materials Sc/ Mech/ Nuclear Engg & Tech.

PhD (Sciences): Chem/ Math/ Phy/ Stat/ Philo/ Psycho/ Socio.

MTech: Environ Engg & Mgmt/ Laser Tech.

MSc: Chem/ Phy/ Math/ Stat.

Appln F: Free forms can be obtained from “Registrar, IIT Kanpur”, by sending stamped (Rs. 15/-) self-addressed sturdy cloth-lined envelope (23 x 17cm) to the Asstt Registrar (Academic) at the above address before Apr 6.

Apr 23 IIT, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110 016.


App Mech/ Biochem Engg & Biotech/ Chem Engg/ Chem/ Civil/ Comp Sc & Engg/ Elect Engg/ Hum & Soc Sc/ Mgt Studies/ Maths/ Mech/ Phy/ Text Tech & Inter-disciplinary subjs.

MTech (FT/PT)

App Mech/ Chemistry/ Civil Engg/ Comp Sc & Engg/ Elect/ Mech/ Physics/ Textile Tech and Inter-disciplinary MTech

MS (Res) (FT/PT)

App Mech/ Chem Engg/ Bio Chem Engg & Biotech/ Comp Sc Engg/ Elect/ Mech/ Civil

MDes (FT)

Industrial Design

MSc (FT)

Chem/ Math/ Phys

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 300/- (Rs. 150/- for SC/ST) favouring “Registrar, IIT, Delhi” payable at SBI, IIT Delhi with a stamped (Rs. 15/-) self-addressed envelope (25 x 20 cm) superscribed “Appln for Admission to.......... Prog” to the Asstt Registrar (PGS), IIT, Delhi-110016 before 16 April. At counter: DD for Rs. 305/- (Rs. 155/- for SC/ST) before 23 Apr.

Apr 23 University of Roorkee, Roorkee 247667.

Website: www.rurkiu.ernet./in/admissions/pg.html

PG Courses: Engg/Archi/Sc/MCA

Test: REE PG-2001: June 9-10 in 14 cities.

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 500/- (Rs. 250/- for SC/ST) favouring “REE PG. Account”, payable at Roorkee along with complete mailing address to the Chairman REE-2001, REE office Roorkee Univ before April 9.

Details: Employment News: March 24.

April 7 BITS (Mesra), Ranchi 835215.

(i) B Arch, BPharm, BE (Civil/Com Sc/Elect & Electron / Electron & Commu / Mech / Prod / Polymer / IT)

(ii) MBA (FT/PT), MCA (FT/PT), MSc (Info Sc/Bio Med Instrumentation)

(iii) PGDCA

Test: 26 & 27 May, all-India

Appln F: Send DD/PO for Rs. 200/- favouring “Birla Institute of Technology”, payable at Mesra-Ranchi along with 2 self-addressed slips (3” x 4”). Also at Extn Centres: DD/PO for Rs. 150/-.

Apr 20 Motilal Nehru Regional Engg College, Allahabad 211004

UP Management & MCA Combined Admission Test (UPMCAT-2001).

For admission to the following f/t courses at UP Tech. University & other univs, affiliated colleges and private Instts of UP approved by AICTE.

Management (MBA, MMS, etc.)


Test: May 29.

Appln Form: Send DD for Rs. 550/- favouring “Coordinator, UPMCAT-2001” payable at Allahabad along with self-addressed slip specifying course at the office of the coordination committee UPMCAT - 2001 at above address. Also from the Office of the Registrars of constituent for Rs. 500/- (cash) or Rs. 550/- (DD). At Vijaya Bank branches: Ghaziabad, New Delhi (Karol Bagh & H’khas) & NOIDA: Rs. 500/- (cash).


Apr 4 Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad.

Website :

(i) UG Programme in IT(4/5 yrs)

(ii) PG Programme in IT(1/2 yrs)

Appln F: Send DD Rs. 600/- for UG Rs. 900 for PG favouring “Educational Consultants India Limited” payable at Delhi to Project Manager (IIIT Hyderabad) Educational Consultants India Limited, ‘Ed.CIL House’, 18A, Sector 16-A, Noida 201301, UP.

Apr 9 Indian Institute of Information Technology, Nehru Science Centre, Kamla Nehru Rd, Allahabd 211002.

Website : /

BTech (Info Tech)

Test: May 30 at various centres.

Appln F: Send DD for Rs. 600/- (Rs. 300/- for SC/ST, NRI’s $ 150 upto June 10) favouring “IIIT, Allahabad” payable at Allahabad to the Co-ordinator (admission) at above address.

Mar 28 M/o HRD, ES-5 Section, A-1/W-3, Curzon Road Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001 .

Portuguese Govt. Scholarships 2001-2002

(i) PG Research Scholarships in Portuguese Lang & Culture (12-mth)

(ii) Annual Course in Portuguese, Lang. & Culture at Indian univs (8-mth)

Appln F: See leading Newspapers or contact above address.

Apr 01 Singapore Airlines & NOL Scholarships, Kent Ridge Post Office, PO Box 1109, Singapore 911104

Bachelor’s degree Sc/Engg/Comp Engg (3-4 yr)

At National Univ of Singapore & Nanyang Technological University.

Selection: Test in India: Late April. Interview: June.

Appln F: Send filled in application form (see leading newspapers) along with certified copies of specified documents to above address or SIA-NOL Scholarships, 5D Airline House, 25, Airline Rd, Singapore 819829.

Special Education
Apr 12 RLEK Human Rights Centre, 68/1, Suryalok Colony, Rajpur Road, Dehradun 248001.

Website: (e-mail:

PG Dip in Human Rights (1-yr)

Elig: Bachelor’s degree (55%).

Appln F: Send Rs. 200/- by DD favouring “Rural Litigation & Entitlement Kendra”, payable at Dehradun at above address.

Unless otherwise specified, the dates mentioned above are deadlines for receipt of completed application forms.

CARING (Career Information & Guidance), New Delhi


Kalkat leaves PAU in a healthier state
K.S. Chawla

DR GURCHARAN Singh Kalkat is happy with the cooperation and response he got from the staff of the Punjab Agricultural University during his three-year tenure as Vice-Chancellor of the most prestigious agricultural research institute in the country.

Dr Kalkat will be relinquishing his charge on March 31, a year in advance or completing his tenure of four years. Dr Kalkat himself decided to cut short his term of four years and had to press upon the Punjab Government to accede to this request to relieve him before or on March 31, 2001.

Dr Kalkat, one of the world renowned agricultural scientists, was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University by the Board of Management of the University on April 13, 1998, for a term of four years. He was reluctant to take up the assignment as he was leading a retired happy life in Chandigarh.

He was persuaded by the Punjab Chief Minister to accept the assignment in the interest of Punjab.

At the next meeting of the Board of Management after he took over as Vice-Chancellor, Dr Kalkat requested the same to reduce his term to three years. It was in October, 2000 that he wrote to the Punjab Government that he be relieved before or on March 31, 2001.

Why did he decide to resign before completing the four-year term, Dr Kalkat’s reply was very simple, ‘not any particular reason’. I had to take care of my family and I had to be away from the campus for 4-5 months. It was not good for a Vice-Chancellor to be away for such a long time.

Dr Kalkat succeeded in bringing about the needed changes in the curriculm and gave new directions on research at PAU according to the changing times. He found complete team work among the research workers and maintains: “Now there is a determined effort on the part of the scientists to find alternative crops and technologies which will conserve soil and water which are two basic sources of the state.”

He says efforts are afoot to develop technology which would reduce the cost of the cultivation and be competitive in the international market.

There is very heavy cost on labour and this has to be reduced by agronomic technologies which does not mean introduction of mechanisation. Some of these are direct seeding of paddy, zero tillage and bed sowing of alternative crops. “Emphasis will be laid on timely sowing of wheat which suppresses weed growth with a view to reducing the use of chemicals”, Dr Kalkat observes.

Punjab Agricultural University revived its technical collaboration with the Ohio State University revived its technical collaboration with the Ohio State University of the USA during the tenure of Dr Kalkat under which the exchange of scientists and technical information would take place.

Punjab Agricultural University was established in 1962 on the pattern of the Ohio State University. The collaboration with the same ended in 1975. The collaboration has been revived after 25 years. The scientists will be sent for 12 to 15 months training so that they actually do the practical experiments and publish their work. The university has already sent a scientist for training to the USA under the agreement.

As regards the improvements in teaching, The Vice-Chancellor says the curriculm has been revised. The entire research work done by M.Sc. students has been summarised so that future research is taken up by the students on issues not previously done and to avoid duplication.

Similarly, the curriculum in Home Science has been revised. Emphasis has been laid on such courses which will enable the students to adopt courses like textile designing, nutrition and processing of fruits and vegetables on small scale.

In Agricultural Engineering College we have introduced a course in Masters in Computer Application. The first batch of this course will be out this year. Also we have introduced a postgraduate diploma of a year in Information Technology.

PAU has entered into an arrangement with the European Union through Brighton University of the UK under which trainees will be trained in Brighton University. “Experts of from the UK university will occasionally visit PAU for advising the faculty and the students,” the Vice-Chancellor says.

PAU was faced with a financial crisis when Dr Kalkat took over. Dr Kalkat observes: “No doubt the funds provided under the Plan schemes for research were inadequate, yet research workers made strenuous efforts to prepare projects needed to answer current and anticipated problems. These projects were submitted to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which funds teaching and research. The ICAR has provided funds for 64 such projects. We have submitted as many as 150 projects to the ICAR and hope to get adequate funds for the same.”

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